Iphonephan (7283) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Served at Sanraku japanese restaurant in san francisco. This has been my go to sake for many years and is hard to find. Beautifully clear. Slightly sweet aroma. Delicate floral notes. Perfection. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to my dad who apparently regularly gets this stuff...news to me...Pours as clear as water with strong legs. Aroma is on the sweetish side with berries, marzipan, and honeydew. Complex yet a bit light. Taste is very sweet and amazingly smooth, perfectly balanced with absolutely no alcohol presence what-so-ever. Very, very well balanced. Smooth, full mouthfeel, amazing stuff! ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2007
$185 750mL bottle split with a friend and Oishii in Boston!boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2007
From first sniff to the first sip, I was in love. My first daiginjo, so take this rating with a grain of salt, but I must admit, I was quite shocked.
I was expecting daiginjos to be the austere, conservative, flawless/perfectly executed type, but perhaps lacking a bit in some funky character. Nope, not this one anyways.
Legs and all, with as clear and clean an appearance as I’ve seen. Fruity notes abound and it almost seems to have as much body and substance to it as a nigori. But yet, the liquid never seems heavy nor does drinking the stuff get fatiguing. Rich, but yet spritzy and playful, with tangerines, apricots, peaches and rosehips. Wow. Sensory overload and truly divine. Worth the price tag, in my mind. The flavor somewhat outdid the aroma in sheer complexity.
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 My tongue is tingling while I’m walking through the parking lot towards Rangetsu, my favorite restaurant. I approach the bar and as I’m sitting down I order a bottle of this. "Are you sure?" asks the bartender. "Definitely." This isn’t my first encounter with this sake, nor will it be my last. "Well, the manager keeps it locked up in a refrigerator in the office, I’ll be right back."
Shortly thereafter a wooden box is presented to me in the same fashion a rare diamond might be carefully handed over to someone who has no means to procure it. The manager, the bartender and the others at the bar are silent. All eyes on the fool who just ordered the $250 bottle of sake. I produce a crystal glass from my pocket and begin to pour. Suddenly, I am alone.
The experience, from the first twist of the cap, to the last drop disappearing from the glass, is always surreal, transcendent. The liquid pours out in a silken fashion, crystal clear and quiet. It’s like staring through a window, one that just had a foggy mist wiped from it. On the other side is a lush green mountainside, and a look into the distant future. The whole event brings with it a keen sense of meditation and contemplation.
The nose is very light but sufficiently aromatic. White flowers parade forward with stunning delicacy. Rainwater and hints of pear and Kaffir lime coalesce and disperse across my tongue, giving each sip a sense of divinity. The flavor is as soft and pure as glacial water. Notes of exotic soft-skinned tree fruits balance a graceful employment of earthiness. Tea leaves and very mild acidity dice through minimal sweetness like razor wire. Slight hints of melon are imparted with a gentle caress. The mouthfeel is as soft as a cloud, ultimately light-bodied. Alcohol is never noticeable, even in the enduring finish.
So many years. So many sakes. To find one that crushes everything in its complexity, destroys all competition with its truthful purity, is such a rewarding experience. Divine Droplets are these, a regal nectar that gleefully thwarts any futile attempt at toppling its elegance from the aforementioned brand, or any other unworthy contender. This is the absolute, unequivocal benchmark for sake. Almost perfect.